If you have been using Firefox for a long time, you may have noticed that its speed has degraded as time passed because it gets loaded with extensions, updates, and an ever-increasing number of processes to deal with. However, if your installation of the web browser has reached its slowest peak and began to freeze more than you’d care for, it’s time to move a step further to speed things up a bit. Here, we’ll provide you with the 9 failsafe ways to speed up Firefox in less than 10 minutes. Here we go.
Speed up Firefox Browser
Use New HTTP Cache
You can speed up Firefox by enabling its new HTTP cache. Under the browser’s tweaks in about:config, you’ll see hordes of things that can turbocharge your web browsing experience. One of these is the latest HTTP cache enhancing the stability as well as the speed of your web browser when it’s under pressure by reprocessing online resources along with your previously visited web pages.
To enable this new HTTP cache, go to about:config and type browser.cache.use_new_backend into the search box. Next, do double-click on the ‘use new backend’ option and change the binary value 0 to 1 to activate the new cache.
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Use uBlock Origin Rather Than Adblock
Adblock is regarded as the most popular origin on Mozilla Firefox, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best for everyone. In case your PC isn’t the most powerful, Adblock can slow down the performance of your browser as it’s not all that efficient with its memory usage.
uBlock has been used as a feasible alternative for a long time because it controls memory and CPU resources better causing less strain on Firefox. In this way, it helps you speed up your web browser. Also, it works like a wonder when it comes to blocking pop-up windows or ads.
Disable Firefox Animations
Similar to how you can speed up your slow PC by turning animations off, you can also speed up Firefox by disabling its animations. To do so, type about:config in the address bar and press the Enter key. Afterward, type ‘animate’ in the top search bar and set the all entries’ value to False. It will make your web browsing experience faster than ever.
Free up Memory
Are you continuously finding your Firefox running at a snail’s pace? Well, you have to free up some memory to speed it up. All you need to do is type about:memory in the address bar and press the Enter key. A new web page will load. Under the Free Memory section, click on the Minimize memory usage option to free up memory.
Enable Firefox Pipelining
This little hack allows Firefox to make multiple connections with a server rather than just one connection to accelerate the page loading speed (just like Internet Download Manager does). In order to turn pipelining on, type about:config in the address bar and hit the Enter key. Here, you’ll need to search for the following terms and modify their status to what is mentioned below:
- http.pipelining-> true
- http.pipelining.aggressive-> true
- http.pipelining.maxrequests-> 8
- http.pipelining.ssl-> true
To quickly find all the above-mentioned options, enter network.http.pipelining in the search bar of Firefox and double-click on the value column next to each entry to change it.
In case you don’t want to do all this manually, make use of the Pipelining Firefox extension automatically doing all this for you.
Disable Firefox add-ons
Disabling add-ons and extensions is most common tactic to speed up Firefox browser. You can easily navigate to the Add-ons page from the main menu and remove/disable the ones you don’t need, but it’s better to decide as per the resources an add-on is making use of.
For this purpose, Firefox has an extension namely about:addons-memory. Simply install it and go to the about:addons-memory page. There, you’ll be able to see all the installed add-ons along with how much resources each one is using. On the basis of this data, disable the ones that use the most memory. Thus, you can improve speed of Firefox browser.
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Click-to-Play Flash Content
Whenever you start using a new browser, it’s good to disable Flash content or just set it to ‘click-to-play’. Various websites still use Adobe Flash Player to load videos and other Flash content including ads. This causes sites to take more time in their loading. But once you set it to click-to-play, Flash content will not load until you click on it.
To enable click-to-play in Firefox, click on the main menu at the top-right side and select the ‘Add-ons’ option from the pop-up menu.
Once you’re on the Add-ons page, click on the Plugins button at the left side and find the Shockwave Flash plugin. Hit the drop-down menu next to it and choose the Ask to Activate option.
Is your Mozilla Firefox browser causing issues due to continuous use? If so, refreshing it could be an ultimate fix. Resetting the web browser will change all its settings to default and remove all the third-party data including the newest extensions you install.
Enter about:support in the address bar of Firefox and press the Enter key. Next, click on the Refresh Firefox button at the right side and confirm the prompt to continue. All your Firefox settings, browser-hijacking extensions, and your personal data will be stored in the default Firefox profile folder while resetting your browser.
Use Add-ons to Speed up Firefox
In case the above tips don’t work for you, try using the add-ons to speed up Firefox. Similar to Google Chrome, Firefox also has a lot of add-ons that help you enhance your web browsing experience. Here’re some extensions to turbocharge your web browsing experience:
- Image Block – It blocks all the images on webpages increasing their loading speed as less data will need to be downloaded.
- Auto Unload Tab – This extension automatically unloads inactive or unused tabs and frees up all the used resources by them. In this way, it helps you speed up Firefox.
- Speed Tweaks – It can automatically make all the tweaks we’ve made manually above on the about:config page to increase speed.
Some of the above-mentioned tips will help you further speed up Firefox even if it’s working fine for you, so give them a try and reap the benefits.
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